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State Representative Tom Bennett gave a generous donation recently to the Watseka Area Food Pantry that serves Iroquois County residents in need. 

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Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well being of members and visitors, on Dec. 10 St Johns Lutheran Church Council,  Danforth, again voted to discontinue face-to-face services through the end of December.  

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St. Johns Lutheran, Danforth, has suspended in person, face to face worship services until Dec. 31 out of an abundance of caution and care for the health and well-being of members and visitors and guests. including Saturday evening worship services.


Mary (Lubben) and Ron Goltry of Angier, NC, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 5. The couple was married in 1970 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth.


Gary Storm and Donna Anderson Storm from Watseka, are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Married November 29, 1970 in Hoopeston.  They have 3 children, Mark, Nikki and Mike.  They have 7 grandchildren. 

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The Iroquois West FCCLA will be holding a trunk or treat on Friday, October 30 from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. 

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The Gilman-Danforth District Library has on display a remarkable collection of bronze sculptures which the Monte Sier family has graciously lent to the library to share with the community.  Each sculpture depicts a different aspect of the Native American culture.  You do not want to miss the…

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Iroquois County Clerk Breein Suver has announced nine polling place changes for registered voters to cast their vote on election day.  The changes of polling places will be temporary for eight polling places and one permanent change for the November 3, 2020 general election.  The temporary p…

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Three young people participated in the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Gilman on August 16, 2020.  Pictured with Pastor Pete Hinrich, left to right, are Emma McGill, Reka Ritzma, and Vitor Haase . 


In a special meeting of the Crescent-Iroquois Community Unit School District #249 Board of Education, conducted Thursday, Aug. 6, the board approved a two-year sports co-op with Watseka Unit 9’s Glenn Raymond school. The co-op is for the current school year and the 2021-22 year.

Hospice of Kankakee Valley recently unveiled a refreshed brand to help increase understanding of their breadth of care and those they serve. The overall refreshed brand identity features a new name, updated logo, refined messaging, and a new website.


Cassidy and Kira Ratcliff of Loda are parents of a baby boy, Caleb Owen.  Caleb was born Wednesday, July 29, at 2:26 a.m. at Gibson Area Hospital. He weighed eight pounds, one ounce and was 20 1/2 inches long. 

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The Danforth Historical Society is pleased to welcome to our town a Little Free Library.  We want to extend a big thank you to James Hubert for designing and building the new addition. It is located at the community building nestled next to a bench under a shade tree.  The little Library is …

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Gilman toddler Wesley Ryan Short will be featured in a national kick off for Down Syndrome Awareness month to be held at Times Square in New York. Wesley will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, Sept. 12, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's annual Times Square Vi…

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Full remote learning is now an option for Iroquois West students and forms have been sent out to parents in the district IW Superintendent Angelo Lekkas said Tuesday, noting the option was made available by the state.

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The IHSA, the governing body for high school athletics in Illinois, has announced modified schedules for sports programs for the 2020-21 school year, shifting some from this fall to next spring.

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It appears that schools in Illinois will open in late August as they do every year, but in what form and shape could be another matter this year with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on just about every facet of what used to be normal or routine.

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 The board of the Iroquois County Historical Society has voted to cancel this year’s Harvest Daze due to the pandemic. The event usually takes place the first weekend of October.

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Anyone interested in playing high school golf at Iroquois West High School this fall should contact Coach Grant Meyer at grantmeyer@iwest.k12.il.us to get signed up.

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The Gilman-Danforth District Library will open its doors on Monday July 6 for patrons to come into the building to check out library materials and use the computer.  

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At long last the Iroquois West High School Class of 2020 will have their formal graduation ceremony Saturday even though most received their diplomas and graduation materials on May 22 when the “senior drive”, a parade for all graduates, was held in each of the five towns that send students …

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Suggested donations to Watseka Area Food Pantry for July are pasta entrees, which include canned products such as Ravioli and Spaghettios. Please note, these are not the only donations you can make – donations of non-perishable items are always welcome as the 

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The Board of Education of Crescent-Iroquois Community Unit School District #249 met Monday, June 22, in the Crescent City Grade School gym, following social distancing standards.

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The Iroquois County Historical Society will begin sponsoring the Farmers’ Market today, Wednesday, June 24, on the grounds of the Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry, Watseka. This is free to those who want to participate.


Kaitlyn Michelle Fruin graduated from Rush University Medical College in Chicago on April 30, 2020 and recently started an Internal Medicine residency program at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif.. 

The Danforth village board held a special meeting Monday night to establish a separate motor fuel tax account for REBUILD III funds.

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State Fairs in Springfield and Du Quoin will be canceled this year by executive order of the governor due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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County Treasurer, Kurt Albers, has announced that the 2019 payable 2020 real estate tax statements have been mailed out. First due date is July 1st and second due date is September 1st.

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The 2019-20 school year ended with a lot of uncertainty as to how a number of issues would be handled in the face of a situation never be-fore experienced and some of that feeling still exists as schools pre-pare to open for a new year. Interim Superintendent Bob Bagby, in his last meeting w…

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Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) received notice today from its National governing organization that all honor flights nationwide have been suspended through the end of 2020 due to continued concerns related to COVID-19.   This was a difficult but necessary decision to ensure the safety a…

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The six members of Crescent City Grade School’s eighth grade graduating class were honored with a golf cart parade Sunday afternoon led by all the vehicles of the Crescent-Iroquois Fire Protection District. The parade began and ended at Crescent-Iroquois High School, with a stop at CCGS wher…

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Allen Carley, formerly of Watseka and now of Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth, was feted with a parade on June 2, in honor of his 100th birthday. About 25 cars of friends and relatives participated, with several of the cars decorated. The family noted their appreciation to all who sent hi…

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We’re all in this together. Blood is especially needed this year. The  Ashkum Go-Getters 4-H Club would like to remind you that in about an hour or so you may help save a life and is encouraging all community residents to donate blood to help others in need.

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Kankakee Community College has modified the fall 2020 tuition payment plan to allow lower monthly payments and lower down payments.